10 Essential Skills Needed to Become a Motion Graphics Designer

Want to be a Motion Graphics Designer? Know the essential skills you will need as a Motion Designer.

Sun Jun 12, 2022

10 Essential Skills Needed to Become a Motion Graphics Designer

Now that you know about the works and the scope of a motion graphics designer in India from our previous blog, it’s time for you to get a deep understanding of the skills required to become a graphics designer that stands out from the crowd. The skillset is sure to make you a great graphics designer whether you are a beginner in the field or an experienced graphics designer.

In this article, you will know about the 10 skills that are a must for a motion graphics designer to excel in their career and create works of another level.

Graphics Design Skills

Although this may feel a little absurd to you, it is more than important to point it out since it is the key skill that you need to become a motion graphics designer. Developing an understanding of motion graphics allows you to bring static things to life using animation, it gives you the power to bring virtual elements into movement. Your motion graphics skills play a major role in the current-day movies, shows, cartoons, videos and many more.

Whether you are a full-time motion graphics designer or a freelancer, you will always be in demand and a key player in the success of your current organization.

Traditional Art Skills

An understanding of the traditional art comes to play while developing and communicating the motion design to your audience group. It becomes easier to develop motion graphics when you put a sketch of your ideas on paper and then work on creating them. Sketching your ideas is not only a quick task but also a way to make sure that you don’t miss out on things at a later stage.

An Understanding of the Animation

The work of a motion graphic designer involves bringing elements to life and they need to have a good understanding of the animation. To use animation, you need to have a knowledge of the fundamentals and principles of animation along with an understanding of how things should progress. The principles of animation are applied at every stage of animation to bring out the appealing works since you may have a great design but it will fall if the motion is not applied correctly.

3D Designing Skills

3D elements are another addition to the motion graphics design, they are being more used in the current-day designs, logos, intros, commercials, etc. To make things look more realistic in the existing real-world, 3D elements are vital. To maximize your opportunities in the field of motion graphics designs, expand your knowledge into the three-dimensional space.

An Understanding of Typography

Typography is being more and more used in motion designing and at times they are the main force of motion graphics. The prominence of typography can be understood from the fact that the knowledge of typography is an essential part to learn for a motion graphics designer since it is the complementing factor for a design and is easy for the audience to read and understand. The proper knowledge of typography can take your motion graphics to the next level.

An Understanding of the Color Theory

If you are a motion graphics designer, then you will need to apply the color. To do this, you need to have an understanding of the color theory, different moods and feelings of the colors and what message they convey to the audience. To apply the color theory, you may have to indulge in a lot of thought processes to bring out the best possible color combination.

It can be said that if you do not have a proper understanding of color theory, then you won’t be a good motion graphics designer. Therefore, developing an understanding of the color theory is a major factor in becoming a motion graphics designer.

Creative Thinking

If you are a creative mind, then becoming a motion graphics designer is what you can prefer. Your creative thinking comes into play when you are asked to create something with very little information and details of the same. This is the time when you need to apply your creative thinking and come up with an appealing design with that little piece of information.

Technical Skills

In the modern-day world, when everything is done on computers, a motion graphics designer needs to master the technical skills so that they can easily adapt to the new tools and techniques, systems and servers. To excel in this industry and to make sure that you don’t get stuck, you need to have the knowledge of servers, programs, tools, etc and lastly come up with an awe-striking work.

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Although this may not be related to the skills required for designing, it is as important as the other skills since a great work always starts with a greater communication. Communication skills come into play when you are about to start working on a design, these skills help you to have an open conversation with the client, team or creative director on the design to articulate ideas they have. Since you are the one responsible for designing, it is up to you to communicate in a better way since your client is typically not a designer.


It is always easier to jump on the currently ongoing trends and create what others are creating. This will make you an unrecognizable face in the crowd. However, having out-of-the-box thinking and a signature style of your own is what makes you stand out. Creating a signature style of yours takes time, but in the meantime, you grow along with your style.


As we come to an end, you know the skills that you need to work upon to become a successful motion graphics designer. Work hard to polish these skills of yours and stand out from other graphic designers.

Mansi Soni
An India based writer and co-author of "Words That Were Never Said" loves travelling and reading literature.

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